The first day of school is full of so many emotions. Excitement, stress, anxiety, fear, and happiness. And both as parents and kiddos, we experience these emotions together. A new school year can be fun and exciting, but it can also be a stressful transition full of lots of learning curves. We all want the first day to go off without a hitch and want the best for our kiddos, especially when it comes to a new school year. So if you’re looking for some tips and tricks for the first day of school, we’ve got you covered.
Start at Least a Week Early
Yep, I’m serious. If you really want to make sure your kiddos transition back to school is seamless, start at least a week early. So that means getting back to their normal sleep schedules, waking up on time, and no more late-night snacks!
Create Routine Cards
These are so easy to make but so beneficial when you’re trying to keep your kiddos on track. Write about a brief routine on each card for each different kiddo. For maximum results, make different cards for different times of the day. In the morning, after school, at night, etc. It keeps you and your kiddos organized!
Prep on Sunday
Even after you’ve tried to get your kiddos back to a normal routine, make sure you really do some heavy lifting the Sunday before. This means laying their clothes out, making sure they have all their supplies and backpacks ready, etc. Anything you don’t want to deal with the next morning needs to be done on Sunday. You can even meal prep their lunches for the week too!
Prep The Night Before
If your kiddos start on Mondays then this is repetitive, but if they start on Thursdays this is important. Make sure that you have EVERYTHING covered! That means making sure your kiddos supplies are packed away, any papers are signed, so on and so forth. Make a list so you can double-check everything is covered!
Give Yourself Enough Time
When it comes to the morning-of, make sure you wake up your kiddos on time. I really prefer to wake them up even earlier so we have enough time and stress is not an option!
Don’t Forget Photos
There’s nothing like the first day, especially if it’s a transition into middle school or high school. Make sure you make time to take photos so you can remember this day for a very long time!
Remember, Perfection Isn’t Important
If you forget to pack their lunch and have to take it to the school, it’s okay. If you forget the super cute photo props you spent hours making, it’s okay. The most important thing is getting your kiddos to school on time with the things they need, and everything else is secondary. Give yourself grace and don’t let yourself get caught up in the little things!
What are some of your favorite ways to prepare for the first day of school? Let us know in the comments below!